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Water and Brain Function

Water and Brain Function

Water and Brain Function By Dr. Madhavi Gupta, M.D.   The Importance of Water Start With Hydration Brain cells need two times more energy than other cells in the body. Water provides this energy more effectively than any other substance. Water is also needed for the brain's production of hormones and neurotransmitters. Nerve transmission requires one-half of all the brain’s energy (1). Studies have shown that if you are only 1% dehydrated, you will likely have a 5% decrease in cognitive function. If your brain drops 2% in body water, you may suffer from fuzzy short-term memory, experience problems with focusing, and...

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How Food Affects Your Brain

How Food Affects Your Brain

How Food Affects Your Brain By Dr. Madhavi Gupta, M.D.   When it comes to your brain health, eating the right foods, and avoiding the wrong ones should be a top priority. The right foods provide energy, optimize your physical health, and improve your body’s metabolism. Eating a diet rich in healthy fats, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other key nutrients is crucial for optimizing your brain health. These foods can positively affect your brain health and mood. There’s also a powerful connection between the gut and the brain. The network of neurons lining our guts is so extensive, some scientists call it the “second...

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Advantages of Iron

Advantages of Iron

Advantages of Iron By Dr. Madhavi Gupta, M.D.   Iron attaches to red blood cells and brings oxygen to the body and the brain. Without it, the brain doesn’t get enough oxygen to make energy.  Proper iron levels play an important role in  red blood cell production, boosting energy, and supporting attention span.  Iron deficiency rates are highest for young women, infants, and children under the age of two years old.   Common Symptoms of Iron Deficiency Fast or irregular heartbeat Brittle nails Headaches Poor concentration Weakened immune system Leaky gut or IBS   Advantages of Iron Red blood cell production...

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Advantages of Oxygen

Advantages of Oxygen

Advantages of Oxygen By Dr. Madhavi Gupta, M.D.   Oxygenating the brain well promotes brain healing and optimal brain function. This requires a critical balance of:  Correct breathing for oxygenation Correct carbon dioxide and nitric oxide levels for circulation A program of brain activities or exercises for growth stimulation  The brain uses about three times as much oxygen as muscles in the body do. Brain cells are very sensitive to decreases in oxygen levels and don’t survive or function well very long without it. Breathing through our noses, with our mouth closed, and using belly breathing, or diaphragmatic breathing allows us to...

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DHA and why it’s critical

DHA and why it’s critical

DHA and why it’s critical By Dr. Madhavi Gupta, M.D.   DHA is short for docosahexaenoic acid. It is a long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid in the omega-3 fatty acid family. Omega-3 fatty acids include EPA and DHA, but when it comes to brain health, DHA “rules.” The human brain is made up of nearly 60% fat, and DHA is the predominant fatty acid found in the brain (1,2). DHA and EPA are both “essential” fatty acids, which means that the body cannot make them on its own, and they must be consumed through dietary sources.DHA is a primary structural component...

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Probiotics: the gut brain connection

Probiotics: the gut brain connection

Probiotics: the gut brain connection By Dr. Madhavi Gupta, M.D.   Your intestinal microbiome is a collection of bacteria, yeasts, and viruses that live in your gut and do an enormous amount of work to keep you healthy. Among the many things your microbiome does are manufacturing vitamins (Vitamin D and Vitamin K), detoxifying environmental toxins, and helping our digestion and immune systems. This vast gut ecosystem includes over 100 trillion bacteria! That’s about 10 times the number of cells in your body. That makes you about 90% bacteria and 10% human. The gut microbiome has a profound effect on your immune system. It’s estimated...

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Feeling Stressed? Your immune system is too

Feeling Stressed? Your immune system is too

When we feel stressed, it is so important for us to remember our immune system. But! Here’s one less thing to stress about. Neuro-nutritional vitamins can help with immunity.

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Whole-Foods AND Synthesized Nutrients

Whole-Foods AND Synthesized Nutrients

Whole-Foods AND Synthesized Nutrients By Shannan Garrison Food first. That’s a no-brainer, right? Getting nutrients from food should be the priority. But it’s not as easy as it seems. Between busy lives and earthly challenges, like depleted soils, getting nutrition from food alone can be a big challenge. Bridge the gaps. Supplements with synthesized nutrition help fill in the gaps left from diet. Essential nutrients are the basis for better health. Proper nutrition affects every system in the human body, including neurological, cardiovascular, reproductive, and detoxification systems. But, I can get what’s needed from whole foods, right? Many people think it’s...

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